On March 21, the Columbia Water Center will partner with the U.S. Water Partnership to present “Making the Grade: How to Fix America’s Failing Water Infrastructure,” a live webinar to be held from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT. Registration is available online at water.columbia.edu/events
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We can't expect much water infrastructure investment from Washington, D.C., yet we still must find solutions. This was the emerging consensus of the American Water Summit, which started yesterday and assembled American water industry leaders to talk about practical solutions to the country's water woes.
I’d like to believe our country is very much aware of the threat to our existing water infrastructure resources, especially after our recent report on water stress and climate variability
. I’m thoroughly unconvinced, however, that many Americans realize the manner in which we’re planning to fix our water problems may be entirely wrong. Read More
The American Water Summit is one of the most important water-related events of the year for anyone involved with the water sector at a senior level. The event includes many networking opportunities and focuses on making a better future for water in America. It will include engaging panel discussions, covering topics such as emerging water finance models, delivery and performance contracts, upcoming water and wastewater technology trends, sustainable action at utilities, investing in water, and much more. Read More
Desalination is now part of mainstream water resource management in many parts of the world, and a key industry focus has been reducing the amount energy required for various desalination processes. Read More
A broad-ranging review and assessment of the world water situation reveals four key and underlying themes which seem to appear repeatedly – and which are likely to influence and drive many of the more specific trends and developments that we’re likely to see in the water industry in the future. Read More
Planners, providers, and regulators all weigh in, from time to time, on how to grow and manage waste sustainably. "Paper vs. plastic?" is an important question for consumers to ask but even more important for individual households, communities, and watersheds, is the question of “septic or sewer”? Read More
Today, global demands for food, energy, and shelter are putting unprecedented pressure on the resources of the planet. Water is at the heart of this crisis. Read More
In Tarrant Regional Water District v. Herrmann, The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed Oklahoma's ability to enact legislation trumping water allocation agreements in the Red River Compact. Because similar language is included in compacts around the nation, the decision could have a ripple effect on a series of major cities.
They most certainly can, and ideally will. In fact, because the private sector accounts for the majority of global water use (when including both industrial water use and companies’ agriculture-based supply chains), one could argue that achieving such policy goals without direct business involvement and robust support will be near impossible. The promising news is that many water intensive businesses share an interest in achieving more sustainable water management, as there’s a growing understanding within companies that such an outcome is perhaps the most viable long-term strategy for addressing water-related business risk. Read More